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Diamond Shamrock to be fined for dumping PCBs

A $2.3 million fine levied against Diamond Shamrock Corporation for allegedly dumping 7,018 barrels of PCBs in Texas may be the largest issued by the Environment Protection Agency, an official says.

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The proposed fines include $2,335,796 for improper disposal and $32,000 for improper storage, marking, and record-keeping for the polychlorinated biphenyl materials, said a spokesman for the EPA's regional office in Dallas. PCBs were banned in 1979 as hazardous to health.